A week of building spring tides helped to bring some fresh grilse into the system as well as a few early summer salmon. Water levels also came down to a good fishable height, although towards the end of the week a persistent and cold northerly wind set in which curtailed sport somewhat.
Paul Shilling kicked off the week with a lovely fresh 14lbs salmon from Governor, a sadly often overlooked pool at the top of Beat 3. The next day the Carver party landed a 12lbs fresh cock fish from Rock Pool on Beat 1.
Timing seemed to be rather crucial over the course of the week and 4 fish were landed in the late evenings by the members of the Inverlochy Angling club who were fishing on the private beats this week – a grilse of 4lbs from Pollock, another one from Middle Camisky and a third one of 5lbs from Big Rock – all were fresh and straight off the tide.
Nearer the bottom end of the river locals rod Richard MacDonald had a lovely salmon of 8lbs from Lundy Mouth, having just lost a grilse as well, and Ian Lamont had his first Lochy fish of the year with a 10lbs bar of silver from the Tailrace.
With showers forecast for the week ahead and winds coming out of the south west prospects look encouraging. There is evidence that good numbers have already moved fast into the headwaters of the Upper Spean and Roy and these relatively early grilse will be no exception. Effort and hours on the water will reap rewards, as well as being mindful of each high tide and when to expect fresh fish moving through your beat.